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Catechism of the Catholic Church
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1 "By virtue of his soul and his spiritual powers of intellect and will, man is endowed with freedom, an outstanding manifestation of the divine image."

2 "Created in the image of the one God and equally endowed with rational souls, all people have the same nature and the same origin….All are called to participate in the same divine beatitude: all therefore enjoy an equal dignity."

3 "A society is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them."

4 "The confession of God's oneness, which has its roots in the divine revelation of the Old Covenant, is inseparable from the profession of God's existence and is equally fundamental."

5 "God wills the interdependence of creatures. The sun and the moon, the cedar and the little flower, the eagle and the sparrow: the spectacle of their countless diversities . . .tells us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures exist only in dependence on each other, to complete each other, in the service of each other."

6 "God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer."

7 "Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness."

8 "The One is the source of every blessing."

9 "Man is created with free will and is master over his acts."

10 "By love, God has revealed himself and given himself to humanity. He has thus provided the definitive, superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning and purpose of his life."

11 "When he listens to the message of creation and to the voice of conscience, man can arrive at certainty about the existence of God, the cause and end of everything."

12 "At every time and in every place, God draws close to man."

13 "If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5

14 "Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect."

15 "The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God."

16 "Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God."

17 "God calls each one by name. (cf. Isaiah 43:1)"

18 "Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky….question all these realities. All respond: 'See, we are beautiful.' Their beauty is a profession. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change? St. Augustine, Sermo 241, 2

19 "The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being….God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence." Vatical Council II, 'Gaudium et spes', 19, 1

20 "God gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature." St. Athanasius, Ep. Serap. 1, 24

21 "By natural reason man can know God with certanity, on the basis of his works."

22 "God's parental tenderness can be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God's immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature."

23 "The moral life is a spiritual worship."

24 "By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God which urges him to do what is good and avoid what is evil. Everyone is obliged to follow this law, which makes itself heard in conscience and is fulfilled in the love of God and of neighbor. Living a moral life bears witness to the dignity of the person."

25 "God who created everything also rules everything….God's power is loving."

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